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December 5, 2012

 The Trapp Family Lodge, owned by the von Trapp family who inspired The Sound of Music, offers a year-round retreat in the mountains of Stowe, VT that's perfect for active families.

Maria, Georg von Trapp and their children fled Nazi Germany in the 1940s and eventually settled on a farm that would become the Trapp Family Lodge. The surrounding area reminded the musical family of their former home in Austria and while they were not touring the United States, they ran a music camp there. Eventually, a 27-room lodge opened to overnight guests. Over time, the property expanded into a 2500-acre family-friendly resort featuring Austrian-inspired accommodations and numerous activities centered around the gorgeous outdoors.

In 1968, Trapp Family Lodge opened the country's first cross-country ski center. All ages and abilities can tackle 60km of groomed trails and 100km of back-country trails. Rentals and lessons are available as is snowshoeing. Downhill skiers head to nearby Stowe Mountain Resort.


As the snow melts, new adventures emerge. Mountain bike over the miles of trails. Breathe in the fresh air and burn calories while Nordic walking or hiking. Enjoy a concert in the great outdoors, play tennis or go birdwatching.


If the kids aren't up for joining you, The Trapp Family Lodge Mountain Kids Club and Activity Center will keep them occupied with s'mores and singalongs, nature scavenger hunts, guided hikes or fishing trips.

Trapp Family Lodge is for those who want to spend time outside, regardless of the season.

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